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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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June 26,1977

Posted 05-02-2018 at 10:11 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 08-05-2018 at 11:50 AM by TommyJohn

June 26,1977
vs. Minnesota Twins
at Metropolitan Stadium

The Sox beat Oakland 3 of 4 and take 2 of 3 from the Angels, to whom the Sox had traded the unsigned Ken Brett on June 15, in exchange for three pitchers and a substantial sum said to be in the six figures.

The move angered Sox players who were fond of Brett, one of the most outgoing, swinging guys in the clubhouse. Bart Johnson said that it could only mean the Sox were playing for 1978, while Richie Zisk said the deal doubtless was about the money. The consensus was that the departure of "Kemmer" severely hurt the Sox' chances at a pennant in 1977. Brett departed the team with a 16-16 record and 3.81 ERA over his time with the Sox.

The Sox concluded their homestand tied for 1st with the Twins, whom they meet in a three game, first place showdown.

Minnesota took the first game to push the Sox one game back, but the Sox took the second game to move back into a tie. That set the stage for the third game, which would be one of the wildest of the year, if not the decade.

46,963 turned out for the game, the largest crowd drawn by the Twins since they had moved there in 1961. The Sox took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but the Twins struck back with two runs driven in on a double by rookie Glenn Adams.

Things really got going in the 2nd inning, when the Twins went to town on Steve Stone. The Twins loaded the bases before Rod Carew drove two runs in with a double. The crowd gave Carew a roaring standing ovation, as the hit had pushed his average over .400. The Twins star acknowledged the ovation by tipping his helmet to the fans.

The Twins then picked up from there, with Glenn Adams doing the damage by smashing a grand slam that gave them an 8-1 lead and finished Stone for the day.

Then, incredibly, the Sox, in true 1977 fashion, came storming back. Lamar Johnson and Eric Soderholm smacked two run homers in the top of the 3rd to narrow the gap to 8-5. Jim Essian then jacked a two run double in the same inning and suddenly what looked like a blowout was now a one run game.

Minnesota responded with a four run 3rd inning of their own, then the Sox got one back to make it 12-8, and only 3 and a half innings had been played.

Neither team was finished. The Twins blasted the Sox for three more runs in the 4th to go up 15-8, with one RBI hit again coming off the bat of Rod Carew. The hits came off new Sox arrival Don Kirkwood, one of the pitchers acquired for Brett.

The Sox charged back in the top of the 5th with solo home runs jumping off the bats of Jim Essian and Chet Lemon. Essian's home run was his fifth of the three game set.

The Twins realized that to put the Sox away, they were going to have to knock them out cold. They added two more in the 7th and two in the 8th; the last two came in when the blazing hot Carew hit his 6th home run of the season.

The Sox went into the 9th down 19-10 and still managed to put two runs on the board before Twins' reliever Tom Johnson finally put them down for good. Chet Lemon flied out to bring the wild shootout to an end with a final score of 19-12, a score more appropriate for a Vikings-Bears game.

The Sox head back to Chicago one game behind the Twins, with whom they have a four game set scheduled for July 1-3.

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